David Eric Erickson

David “Eric” Erickson passed away at his residence on South Kerkes Street in Wickenburg, Arizona on Jan. 7, 2020. A memorial event at a proper venue is planned for later this year. Eric’s father, Harry A. Erickson passed away on March 14, 1954 in Logan when he was 41 years old, two days after Eric’s 12th birthday. Eric’s mother Jessie G. Erickson never remarried; she died in 1996 at the age of 86 after moving back to her home state of North Dakota. Both Eric’s parents are interred in the family plot in Logan City Cemetery on the Utah State University Campus in Logan where Eric will occupy his final resting place.

Erick was a musician, woodworker, landscaper and a philosopher to his friends. He graduated from Logan Senior High School in Logan, Utah in 1960 where his mother taught mathematics. He moved to San Francisco later that summer to explore the California music scene. This time period was considered the beginning of the decline of the beatnik era and the incubation of the hippie movement. Some of both religions rubbed off on David’s musical style and repertoire. He returned to Logan in 1963 only to move back to Colorado after giving college life at Utah State University a try for a couple of quarters. The Estes Park troubadour street life was magnetic for Eric. He met and enjoyed the company of a number of musicians like himself through good times and bad, one of whom was CW Colt (Billie), who went on to become a prolific singer and songwriter calling the Florida Keys his home. CW tells lots of stories about his adventures with Eric on the road in Colorado and in Texas. Eric and CW were long distance best friends to the end. Another recording artist named Kerry Craig introduced a country western flair into Eric’s style, particularly with his work on an album called “The Dixie Cowboys.” Eric moved to Wickenburg from Colorado via Nashville in the mid-70s and had a wide circle of acquaintances wherever he lived who were attracted by his happy-go-lucky lifestyle and admired his adherence to the golden rule and shared his personal mantras of “do no harm” and “leave no trace.”

Eric was an enthusiastic supporter and participant in the events about town in Wickenburg, had a nose for parades and civic events including Gold Rush Days, and had been a small business owner of the Horseshoe Cafe in Wickenburg in partnership with his wife, Liza. Eric and Liza divorced in the early ‘80s. Eric never remarried.

He was an only child. He is survived by a number of first cousins in North Dakota and Minnesota. He was preceded in death by his parents and all their siblings, aunts and uncles to Eric.

Final needs for David (Eric) are being handled by David’s Desert Chapel (he’d appreciate the irony) in Wickenburg. The Chapel has generously agreed to serve as an alternate collection point for cards and memorials from friends and acquaintances on a drop-by or mail-in basis.

David’s Desert Chapel’s address is 325 W Yavapai St, Wickenburg, AZ 85390.